The Dancers is the forth Montessori mobile that I made for Oliver and it’s also the last one: after this, we started with the series of the grasping and pulling mobiles.
After the Munari, the first Montessori black&white mobile that Oliver absolutely loved and that we used longer than expected, this is by far his favourite (and mine, too!). I love the way the shapes move naturally and come to live creating real dancers.
Theoretically, it’s introduce when the baby is around 3 months, but I was a bit late on finishing it up so I started using it when oliver was three and a half months old until he was over four months old.
It’s definitely one of the easiest to make.
This is what you need:
- Red and blue shiny cardboard paper
- 2 wooden sticks
- Cotton thread
- Transparent nylon thread
- Scissors and glue
This is how you do it:
I drew the shapes myself, but you can print this free template I prepared for you and use it to trace the shapes on the cardboard.
To make the cardboard thicker and more resistant, I recommend you fold it in half and stick the white faces together so that the shiny faces show on both sides. This way, when we cut out the shapes it’s already colourful on both sides and we have to use the glue only once.
Now print the template (two pages) and cut out each piece individually.
When all the pieces are cut out, trace them on the cardboard with a pencil. You can either keep the same silhouette or create your own, by mixing the arms of one with the feet of another.
Now you only have to sew the silhouettes together, starting from the feet upwards. I used thin, transparent plastic thread and a strong needle. When you passed the thread through all the pieces, tie small knots to keep the pieces in place and prevent them from falling onto each other (see picture below).
You’re almost done. With the cotton thread tie the sticks together to form a cross and then attach one dancer to each arm of the cross using the same thread that you used to sew the dancers together. You can attach them at different heights.
Done! Now just attach the mobile it to the ceiling using the same system you used for the other mobiles (if this is the first mobile you make, take a look at how I attached them to the ceiling).
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